Many Salt Spring Island hikes and walking nature trails are pet friendly. We also have a dog park for socializing and training. Some hikes are on leash, some off leash and some don't allow any dogs at all, so do take note of our legend below. We are a farming community so having control over your pets at all times is very important. Farmers can and will shoot dogs who come onto their property and threaten their livestock. Responsible pet owners learn how to work with their dogs to achieve reliable immediate recall and they leash their pets in uncertain areas and situations. See our Services page for Trainers who can help you.
It is best if your dog is always within your direct eyesight, so you can call the little rascal back if he's getting too far ahead or off the beaten track! Always bring a leash and please clean up after your dogs – bury poop or have poop bags that you carry out. Please do not let your dog run off the trail, chase wildlife or dig. Chasing or harassing wildlife is prohibited under the CRD Parks ByLaw and BC Wildlife Act. We are so very grateful for the care you have taken with your pets in our parks, reserves and on our hiking trails. Check out the Salt Spring Adventure map for dog friendly spots.
In some of the pictures we have taken of these trails you will see our two little rascals Frida and Diego. They are English Cocker Spaniels. Diego is the white and orange roan (from Denman island) and Frida is the black working strain cocker spaniel bred right here on Salt Spring. The dogs you see to the left are our past Springer Spaniels Banjo (right) and his mom Kali (left).